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Halo
     

Halo

3.9 12
by Frankie Rose
 

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Book 1 in the Blood & Fire series. Radicals, book two, is available for pre-order on iBooks now!

She has no name.

She has her knives. Her training. Her halo.

The first and second give her the ability to defeat the opponents she is pitted against each month. The third frees her from pain and fear. From any kind of emotion at all. Everything is as

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Book 1 in the Blood & Fire series. Radicals, book two, is available for pre-order on iBooks now!

She has no name.

She has her knives. Her training. Her halo.

The first and second give her the ability to defeat the opponents she is pitted against each month. The third frees her from pain and fear. From any kind of emotion at all. Everything is as it should be. Everything is as it should be, until…

Fear… Pain… Anger… Happiness… Desire… Guilt…

Love.

When a newly named Kit escapes the Sanctuary after killing her best friend, the last thing she needs is another knife in her hand. Or Ryka, the damaged, beautiful blond boy, whom she refuses to let save her. The sights and sounds of Freetown are new, yet one thing is familiar: the matches. The only difference? Where the blood in the Sanctuary landed only on the Colosseum floor, Kit will quickly learn that a river of red runs through Freetown’s very streets.

Without her halo, the inhabitants of Kit’s new home consider her saved, but is that really the case? The reality of her old life is paralyzing. Would she be better off free of the guilt associated with all the blood on her hands, or is the love of one boy worth living through all the pain?

The Colosseum is behind Kit. The fighting pits await.

Warning: Contains graphic combat scenes, Halo is suitable for readers 16 yrs and up.

From the Kirkus:

Young-adult science fiction about a teenage warrior girl who escapes her dystopian society and goes on a mission to find herself.

Rose (Eternal Hope, 2012, etc.) doesn’t disappoint in her third YA outing. In a futuristic society known as the Sanctuary, 16-year-old Kit is a member of the Falin class. The Sanctuary fits each Falin with a permanent “halo,” a device that provides its host with a constant feed of emotion-blocking drugs. As a result, Falin feel no anger, sadness, joy, love, pity or shame—which is why Kit has become her nation’s most renowned arena fighter without feeling an ounce of guilt over killing so many other young people. But when her best friend, Asha, manages to disengage Kit’s halo, everything changes. No longer content to be a political pawn and gambling plaything, Kit escapes the Sanctuary and goes to Freetown, where she witnesses a very different kind of society. Meanwhile, she struggles to process her many new feelings; complicating matters, of course, is a male warrior who makes it his business to become Kit’s savior. This YA adventure has action-packed fight scenes, strong emotional connections, tragic losses and a healthy dose of sarcasm. Kit, as narrator, describes frighteningly violent fights in detail and later moves fluidly into personal, confusing romantic reflections. She struggles with familial losses and with achieving her larger goals in an uncertain world. Rose handles these scenarios with finesse and insight. As the residents of the Sanctuary and Freetown prepare for war, readers can only hope that there will soon be a sequel to tie up the remaining loose ends.

An imaginative, gripping YA tale of love and violence.

--Kirkus Reviews

Product Details

BN ID:
2940045598750
Publisher:
Frankie Rose
Publication date:
01/21/2014
Sold by:
Smashwords
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
523,053
File size:
439 KB
Age Range:
13 Years

Meet the Author

Frankie Rose is a British expat, who is currently enjoying the perks of living in Australia- her awesome husband, sunshine, and vitamin D. She spends her time creating fictional universes in which the guy sometimes gets the girl, the heros occasionally die, and the endings aren't always happy. But they usually are.

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Halo 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is awesome! If you liked the divergent series, hunger games or any other story lines similiar to those than you will love this read. The main character is a bad ass and it has great romance. It is well written and keeps you interested. I could not put this book down and i finished it in two days. I cant wait for the next book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Honestly the best book ive read in a while there is never a timd where nothing is happening and keeps you on edge the whole time i love this book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
ALEX!!! GET A BETTER IDEA!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Its dean i dont like him cuz he stole my chocolate milk in preschool. And dont you think she will think its me since i just started talking to you guys a few days ago.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Halo is like nothing I've ever read before! If you like action, adventure and romance then you have to read this book. Frankie Rose is a great writer and she knows how to captivate you with her words. There was no way I was putting this book down until I read the very last word. Read it , love it then reread because you will!
RebeccaWF More than 1 year ago
Rose gives us the opportunity to feel what that would be like, through the eyes of the Falin of House Kitsch. We go through our lives constantly keeping our reactions to our emotions in check. We consider the feelings of others when we reply to their statements. We gauge society's response to every choice. We've trained ourselves to control our emotions. Small children, on the other hand, are still learning. Their reactions are juvenile, and often confusing.They don't always understand our decisions, and many times respond with anger or sadness when they have no need to do so. Now imagine knowing you have to react maturely, like an adult, without having the training to do so, like a child. Welcome to Kit's world. As you can imagine, her emotional reactions are often juvenile. She doesn't have the experience that we do. This tends to get her into trouble, which tends to make her emotions spiral even more out of control. Poor Kit... And we're taken on that overwhelmingly intense ride along with her, meaning that we feel much of what she feels... plus the added frustration of realizing that proper emotional control would have kept her out of trouble, minimizing her agony. Poor us! This ebook was extraordinarily exhausting... in a good way. I felt like I was right there next to Kit, and I wanted her to succeed. I needed her to succeed. She was important to me, and I had to know that she'd be able to pry herself from any situation she placed herself in. (This is a truncation of my full review, posted to Undiscovered Tomes.)
possyn32 More than 1 year ago
Well written if you liked Divergent and Legend or Maze Runner you should like this.  It's quite a bit more violent than Divergent  Divergent. Th characters are well formed. Good read. 
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TheDrunkenWanderer More than 1 year ago
Liked it a lot.